Excerpt: Well known for designing robust electronics, Sony doesn't disappoint with the MDR-1R headphones. Features specially designed for bass enhance the deep lows of your favorite dance beats. The Sony MDR-1R headphones deliver clear bass and a multi-dimensional soundscape. This lightweight set of bass headphones comes in two colors, and the inline remote works with all your iOS devices.
Pros: The Sony MDR-1R's excellent sound quality and light convenient styling make them one of the best bass headphones on the market.
Cons: The on-ear design doesn't lend itself to heavy bass presentation, and the soft carrying case doesn't quite provide adequate protection.
Excerpt: The Good - Excellent design - High-quality sound, S-Master Amp - Versatile connectivity that includes NFC - Good passive sound isolation - Very comfortable The Bad - Extensive use of plastic in construction - Over-ear design is bulky - Supplied carry pouch offers limited protection Sony has a long and distinguished history when it comes to making quality headphones to suit the majority of listeners.
Pros: - Excellent design - High-quality sound, S-Master Amp - Versatile connectivity that includes NFC - Good passive sound isolation - Very comfortable
Cons: - Extensive use of plastic in construction - Over-ear design is bulky - Supplied carry pouch offers limited protection
Conclusion: Sony has created something very special with the MDR-1Rs. These are possibly the most comfortable headphones I’ve ever worn, while the large, incredibly soft ear cups completely surround your ears ensuring a decent degree of sound isolation. The soundstage is surprisingly expansive for closed back headphones, and it’s only when you fire up certain genres of rock that things begin to compress.
Pros: Amazingly comfortable, Impressive, versatile sound quality, Large ear cups, Good looking design, Very reasonable price
Excerpt: When a company sticks its neck out to brand its headphones as "prestigious" it's got to be pretty confident that they deliver in both the style and sound departments. The Sony MDR-1R over-ear headphones sure do look suave in their brown and silver makeup, but they also carry a whopping £300 price tag on the Sony Store. Are the MDR-1R over-ears able to deliver on their prestigious promise?
Pros: Eventually very comfy, great sound, lots of mid-high frequency range 'snap' yet enough bass to deliver a rounded sound, attractive design
Cons: Exposed drivers can touch against ears, bass doesn't rumble as much as the higher-spec versions, not necessarily perfect for on-the-go listening, Sony Store price is too steep, really low frequencies not as impactful as might be expected